Florida Sinkhole Returns, Gets Ready To Swallow 2 Homes

Monday, 21 Apr 2014 07:18 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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A 50-foot Florida sinkhole threatened to engulf two neighboring homes over the weekend, just hours after work crews came out to fill a different void in the earth that opened on the property a few weeks ago.

The larger sinkhole appeared when the ground gave way Saturday between two homes in the Villages, Fla., neighborhood, Fox 35 Orlando reported. Officials said heavy rains that moistened the ground are what caused the earth to cave in.

Workers had reportedly just finished filling a smaller sinkhole on the property when the larger one opened up, geologist Drew Glasbrenner told Fox 35 Orlando. He said it doesn’t appear that any homes are in jeopardy of being swallowed.

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"The house isn't going to go anywhere, as long as the hole doesn’t move much past where it is right now," he said. "You can never know for sure but the repair should slow it down and eventually stop it from expanding."

Repair crews worked through the night to fill the larger sinkhole with a mixture of sand and cement and, as of Sunday morning, it was about halfway done, according to WFTV.com.

Sinkholes in Florida are caused by the state's porous geological bedrock, according to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. As acidic rainwater filters into the ground, it dissolves the rock causing erosion that can lead to underground caverns, which cause sinkholes when they collapse.

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